Louis Albasi is currently in his fourth season with the Seminole’s men’s lacrosse program. After a few successful seasons with the team as an assistant and offensive play caller, he was recently promoted to head coach in May, 2021.
After spending his childhood in the Bronx of New York City, Coach Albasi moved to Florida and found home in Vero Beach. During his high school lacrosse career, he flourished in goal as a four time letterman for Vero Beach High School. There, Coach Albasi received the honor of First Team All-Area Goalie in back to back seasons. At Vero Beach High, his 72% save percentage helped lead the Fighting Indians to four straight district titles.
Since 2011, Coach Albasi has made Tallahassee his home. He started with a very successful run as an assistant coach at the Maclay Prepatory School from 2011-2014. He then moved up the ranks and received the head coaching position at Leon High School. At this time, Coach Albasi was able to balance a great coaching record while receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. After continued success with Leon after graduating, Coach Albasi led the Lions to their best season ever (15-5) and received All Big Bend Coach of the Year honors in 2017.
2018 was a very special year for Albasi. The coach was asked to step in as an interim offensive coach for FSU. Always wanting to return to his Alma Matter, Coach Albasi had the ability and drive to take the team to new heights. When asked about this moment, Abasi responded, “We understood that we wouldn’t get better just by chance. Preparation and determination are the reasons we would get where we wanted to go. It started with team culture and the coaching staff. We wanted to provide a positive environment for our student athletes in order to make them prosper and be as great as they can.” During this short playoff stint, he proved that he was a passionate, yet patient leader that had what it takes to help the Seminoles. To be able to make the playoffs during not only a rebuilding year, but also experiencing plenty of adversity was an amazing accomplishment. FSU quickly noticed the offensive improvement and the leadership skills that Albasi possessed. The following year, he was named the Seminoles assistant coach and offensive coordinator. During the 2019-2021 seasons, Coach Albasi helped the FSU Lacrosse Club improve dramatically. The club’s impressive groundball percentage, clearing and riding, strong offense and defense have them consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally.
In addition to his coaching career, Coach Albasi is an active member of the Tallahassee Lacrosse Club, and was one of the founding fathers of the North Florida Lacrosse Club in the big bend area. He also currently sits on the board of the non-profit organization, WAVE.
Coach Albasi is getting married to his fiancé, Meredith Smith, late in 2022. They are looking forward to spending their life together with her daughter, Rylen, and building a family and foundation in Tallahassee for years to come.
We are extremely fortunate at Florida State University to have coach Abasi, and he feels extremely privileged to get this opportunity. “Stepping into the driver’s seat as the head coach of the Florida State men’s lacrosse program brings both excitement and a ton of responsibility. I feel so fortunate to lead such a wonderful program. I have always had the goal of winning championships with every team I have ever coached. That goal will remain the same here at FSU. I look forward to facing tough competition and showing everyone how we can compete at a very high level and also grow as individuals off the field as well.”
We look forward to many years of continued success under his leadership. Welcome Head Coach Louis Albasi.
Travis Quillin is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the Florida State University men’s lacrosse team however this is not his first time being part of the team. Travis joined the program back in 2018 as a long pole defender. In his first season as a Seminole, he became a team captain and an All-American, helping to lead the team to the conference tournament and qualifying for the national tournament held in Salt Lake City. In both 2019 and 2020 Travis led the defense with the most caused takeaways and was a key part in the film room.
After a successful end to the 2019 season making it to the national quarterfinals and bringing back 18 rising seniors for the 2020 season, hopes were high for both Travis and the FSU team led by Coach Darby Brower and Coach Louis Albasi.
Unfortunately like every team in 2020, the season was cut short due to Covid 19. “2020 was truly a heartbreaking season for both me as well as everyone on the team. Hopes were extremely high not just in conference play but on the national stage. We had a lot of core senior leadership that was supported by a skilled underclass. For me, after graduating, that itch to be a part of the FSU program and the culture of the school never went away. I am extremely honored and excited to be back with the program and to help the team become the best they can be.”
Before joining the program, Travis originally was recruited to play lacrosse at Lynn University, a D2 school in Boca Raton, FL under head coach Brian Kingsbury. In his Freshman year as a Fighting Knight, Travis played in 13 games with 12 starts. He recorded 15 ground balls and ranked second on the team with 14 caused turnovers earning him a spot on the Sunshine State Conference All-Freshman team. During his sophomore campaign Travis appeared in all 13 games. He was named the Sunshine State Conference Specialist of the Week after recording his first-career multi-goal game at Young Harris. His sophomore season was also highlighted by posting two ground balls and two caused turnovers against both #8 Adelphi and #2 Limestone. When asked about his lacrosse experience at Lynn, Travis responded saying, “During those two years, I was very fortunate in having extremely high lacrosse IQ coaches as well as players around me. Both Coach Kingsbury and goalie grad transfer Pat Brothers helped me understand the game both physically as well as mentally.”
Travis’ passion for sports, especially lacrosse, started early. He spent his childhood in Sharptown, Maryland just west of lacrosse Division 3 powerhouse Salisbury University. He grew up watching his father (Mark Quillin) coach multiple sports including lacrosse, football and wrestling while also teaching for a local high school. Travis followed him to Sussex Tech HS in Georgetown, DE where he played football, lacrosse and ran indoor track. During his 4 years in high school, Travis received first-team All-Conference honors and All-State honors.